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By Barry Faulkner | February 8, 2014
At several key instances in the Big West Conference game against visiting UC Davis on Saturday afternoon, the UC Irvine women's basketball team uttered a collective groan when one of its shot attempts bounded or swirled in-and-out. But, thanks in large part to the third double-double of the week for a UCI player, the Anteaters were able to prevail, 79-73, in overtime to complete a two-game home conference sweep for the week and inch up the congested Big West standings. Junior Methlyn Onomoguho loaded up on the stat sheet for the winners, producing 20 points and 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the week.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 5, 2014
Some 23 games in, the Orange Coast College women's basketball team is pretty much on Coach Mike Thornton's last nerve. But after coming from behind to secure a 57-49 Orange Empire Conference triumph over visiting Irvine Valley on Wednesday, the Pirates are also perhaps just two crucial road victories from at least a share of the conference championship. OCC, which missed 14 of its first 15 field-goal attempts had just three points for the first 9 minutes, 15 seconds of the game, and trailed, 22-10, with 5:37 left in the first half, improved to 14-9, 5-2 in conference.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 4, 2014
SANTA CLARITA - The riddle of how to defeat the Vanguard University women's basketball team added another degree of difficulty Tuesday as the visiting Lions defeated The Master's College, 99-89. The top-ranked Lions (18-0, 7-0 in conference) opened a two-game lead after the first round of conference play by dropping the No. 9-ranked Mustangs to 17-4, 5-2, behind a career-high 30 points from 6-foot-3 senior center Leigha Bednar. Bednar, making her eighth start of the season, had scored 70 points in her first 16 games, for an average of 4.4 per contest.
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January 22, 2014
The UC Irvine women's water polo team is ranked No. 6 in the preseason poll as it enters its season opener on Saturday at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Classic. Coach Dan Klatt's Anteaters open the tournament against Cal Baptist at 10:40 a.m. They take on San Jose State at 3:20 on Saturday. On Sunday, UCI faces Cal State Monterey Bay at 9:30 a.m. and No. 4-ranked Arizona State at 1:50 p.m. UCI was 21-9 last season, when they earned a share of the Big West Conference regular-season title, but failed to make the NCAA Tournament.
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By Barry Faulkner | January 22, 2014
SANTA ANA — Mike Thornton retired from teaching a few years ago, but he still delivers lessons as quickly and quantitatively as any professor still commanding a classroom. Rather than use a blackboard and an overhead projector, the 25th-year coach of the Orange Coast College women's basketball team relies, these days, on a clipboard and voice projection to tutor his uniformed pupils. And as Wednesday night's painstakingly earned 71-62 win over Orange Empire Conference host Santa Ana proved to anyone within earshot of Thornton and his staff of assistants, these Pirates are far from advanced when it comes to on-court intelligence.
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January 19, 2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 87, Biola 32 Senior point guard Taylor Belmont posted her first career triple-double with 14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the host No. 1-ranked Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference triumph Saturday. Belmont, who had 22 points and 13 assists in Tuesday's win at San Diego Christian, had three steals and zero turnovers and was six for seven from the free-throw line against Biola. VU (13-0, 2-0 in the GSAC) also received 23 points apiece from senior Nicole Ballestero and sophomore Samantha Doucette, while junior Ashleigh Anderson chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
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January 15, 2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Cypress 48, Orange Coast 45 The visiting Chargers remained unbeaten in Orange Empire Conference play while handing the Pirates their first conference loss Wednesday. Cypress improved to 12-8, 3-0 against Orange Empire Conference foes, while OCC falls to 10-8, 1-1. Sophomore Raechelle Davis had 16 points and 18 rebounds for OCC. She connected on seven of 12 field-goal attempts, while adding three blocks and two steals. Sophomore Channelle DiCroce had 10 points and 11 rebounds for OCC. Coach Mike Thornton's Pirates, who have lost six of their last eight games, play host to Saddleback on Friday at 7:30 p.m. MEN'S BASKETBALL Cypress 79, Orange Coast 72 Noah Prouse had 31 points and nine rebounds for the host Pirates in the Orange Empire Conference game Wednesday.
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January 9, 2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Long Beach State 85, UC Irvine 75 LONG BEACH — Senior guard Jennifer Tsurumoto scored a career-high 30 points, but the Anteaters lost an eight-point lead late in regulation in the Big West Conference opener Thursday at Walter Pyramid. Tsurumoto made seven of 14 field-goal attempts, was three for five from three-point range and made all 13 of her foul shots. She also had a team-best four assists. UCI led, 48-37, with 14:51 left in regulation and Tsurumoto's layup with 3:54 left in regulation gave the visitors (7-8)
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